A magnetic pulse leads to a temporary deflection in the orientation of migratory birds

@article{Wiltschko2005AMP,
  title={A magnetic pulse leads to a temporary deflection in the orientation of migratory birds},
  author={Wolfgang Wiltschko and Ursula H. Munro and Robert C. Beason and Hugh Z Ford and Roswitha Wiltschko},
  journal={Experientia},
  year={2005},
  volume={50},
  pages={697-700}
}
Migratory Australian Silvereyes were treated with a strong magnetic pulse designed to alter the magnetization of the small magnetite particles that are found in birds' heads. Prior to the treatment, the birds preferred the northeasterly migratory direction. The pulse initially resulted in a 90° clockwise shift of orientation; however, within about a week, the birds seemed to return to their original headings. These findings, which seem to suggest an involvement of magnetite in migratory… CONTINUE READING
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